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UPDATE: The application period for the 2014 Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences is closed. Please check back or contact us for information about 2015 funding. NEAVS and our affiliate, the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research (AFAAR)*, proudly announce our latest joint effort, the Fellowship Grant for Alternatives to Animal Research in Women’s Health and Sex Differences. This $40,000 postdoctoral award continues…

August 23, 2013 NEAVS Science Advisor Jarrod Bailey, PhD Press Release

Download this document. There is increasing evidence that research on men is often not applicable to women. And while women are far less frequently used in clinical trials, results from women are also often not applicable to men. There are significant biological and health differences between the sexes. Women live longer than men, but have higher morbidity rates: they encounter more nonfatal conditions and disability, while men contract more life-threatening…

UPDATE: In June 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would give the same protections to chimpanzees held in captivity as it does their free-living cousins in Africa! Learn more. August 6, 2013 Public Comments Processing Attn: FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086 Division of Policy and Directives Management U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM Arlington, VA 22203 Comments on Docket No. FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086 Dear Ms. Van Norman, On…

August 03, 2013 NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD Press Release

The following is in response to The Week's Aug. 3 article, "Should apes have legal rights?" As president of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS), an 118-year-old Boston-based animal protection organization that spearheaded national efforts to end the use of chimpanzees in research, I first want to thank you for your story, “Should apes have legal rights?” Given our level of expertise regarding the use of chimpanzees in U.S. research,…

August 01, 2013 NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD Press Release

The following is in response to John VandeBerg's Aug. 1 New York Times op-ed, "Apes Need Vaccines, Too." VandeBerg (“Apes Need Vaccines, Too,” Aug. 2, 2013) acknowledges chimpanzee research is an “enterprise” – which according to Merriam-Webster is an “undertaking that is especially difficult, complicated, or risky” as well as “a unit of economic activity.” “As the chief scientific officer at a research institute that has 90 chimps supported by…

July 29, 2013 Capaldo, T. The Boston Globe. July 29, 2013 Press Release

NEAVS President Theodora Capaldo, EdD's Boston Globe letter to the editor: Nathaniel P. Morris shared his ambivalent feelings about animal research in his July 25 op-ed. There are more like him who want to end animal use and replace it with more effective, humane science. While the public accepts animal use only if it is necessary, scientists attest to how unnecessary and flawed it is as a route to human…

UPDATE: This deadline has passed, however there is a new opportunity to shut down SCBT. Learn more... Despite violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), animal research facilities continue to operate business as usual. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), charged with enforcing the AWA, must take stronger action against violators. Santa Cruz Biotechnology is a registered research facility and licensed dealer with multiple serious violations that have resulted in…

July 16, 2013 Ledford, H. Nature. July 16, 2013 Press Release

A statistical analysis of more than 4,000 data sets from animal studies of neurological diseases has found that almost 40% of studies reported statistically significant results — nearly twice as many as would be expected on the basis of the number of animal subjects. The results suggest that the published work — some of which was used to justify human clinical trials — is biased towards reporting positive results. This…

On July 11, 2013 Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a state dissection choice bill into law! Connecticut makes 16 states plus Washington D.C. that have laws or formal policies allowing students to choose modern alternatives to traditional dissection in school. Thank you to all of our Connecticut supporters who contacted their State Senators and Representatives and helped make this happen! "An Act Concerning Dissection Choice" is a long overdue law giving…

July 02, 2013 Keim, B. Wired. July 1, 2013 Press Release

The U.S. government’s decision to end its support of most medical experiments on chimpanzees came after decades of impassioned, often bitter debate — yet in some ways, it was an easy decision. After all, chimpanzees and humans famously share 98 percent of our DNA. They’re our closest living relatives. They’re charismatic and enough like us that it’s difficult not to treat them with compassion. But what about monkeys? Even as…